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Charl’s easy manner was epitomized in his own description of Sunday’s final hole, published on the Sunshine Tour website.

“Driver up 18, 133 yards, pitching wedge to about 14 feet. Sounds pretty simple if you think about it like that,” Schwartzel said.

Earlier Monday, South African newspapers hailed Schwartzel’s performance after he marked the 50th anniversary of Gary Player’s breakthrough win in the Masters with another victory for their country.

In Johannesburg _ where Charl was born and lives _ The Star called it “Charl’s Masterclass,” alongside a full page photo of a victorious Schwartzel waving to the galleries on the 18th green.

The Afrikaans-language Beeld called Schwartzel’s final round _ which also included a chip-in for birdie on the first hole and an eagle on No. 3 _ “Masterful.”

The country’s cricket board also sent its congratulations in a statement after what it called a “magnificent performance of which all South Africans are rightly proud.”

“The manner in which he came down the home straight, finishing with four birdies in a row on one of the game’s most testing layouts, demonstrated Charl’s pedigree as a true champion,” said Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

The victory perked up South African sports fans after its team failed miserably at the recent cricket World Cup.

Schwartzel won 50 years to the day after Player became the first non-American to wear the green jacket, and seven of the top 10 finishers were from outside the U.S.

“I am absolutely delighted for Charl and South Africa. Congratulations and very well done to him. That is how you finish like a champion!” Player wrote on Twitter.

Trevor Immelman, the 2008 champion, also congratulated Schwartzel on Twitter.

“Really happy for Charl!!!” Immelman wrote.

“Going to be nice to have some South African food at the Champions Dinner again next year,” he added, in reference to the tradition of the defending champion choosing the menu for the Masters champions’ dinner.